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Alex Newman



Alex is our Head of Intellectual Property (IP) and works with both private client and business IP lawyers on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Alex helps his clients to identify, manage and resolve contentious issues relating to intellectual property rights (of all kinds) and information technology. His strategic approach to dispute resolution and early case analysis frequently enables clients to avoid or settle disputes without litigation.

He also helps clients to understand their intellectual property rights better, to secure appropriate IPR protection for what they create, and to realise the value of that IPR by commercialising it.

Alex’s practice focuses primarily on the engineering and technology sectors, and he also has extensive experience in the retail (particularly FMCG) sector. His areas of expertise include:

  • Intellectual Property and IT
  • Patents
  • Copyright
  • Trade Marks
  • Designs
  • Breach of Confidence

Market view:

"strong contentious expertise" - Legal 500 2014

Alex Newman shows "good commercial acumen combined with analytical skills” - Legal 500 2012

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 24/10/2017
    Cities in Yorkshire Experience Economic Slowdown Whilst South East Prospers

    "Our latest research confirms that the UK Powerhouse’s Northern generators are still not running anywhere close to full load, and that those in our region need firing up.  

    "The technology sector can certainly fuel that fire, with the digital and creative industries booming in the Leeds City Region and beyond, but it needs the right raw materials both now and in the future. Highly skilled workers are the raw materials we need to attract more investment from the technology sector, but Brexit threatens to decimate our reserves and cut off our pipeline, so we are going to need to produce our own. To do that, we need to invest now in educating and motivating the next generation of tech geniuses and entrepreneurs, before it is too late."

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  • 25/04/2016
    Legal Experts Prepare For World IP Day

    “World IP Day is about highlighting how IP contributes to all areas of life from music and the thriving arts scene, to creating technological innovation, healthcare and engineering. “We’re passionate about ensuring that products of the creative mind are protected. “Doing so means creators will not only receive the recognition they deserve, but also protection from unfair competition to ensure they are able to develop existing ideas and continue to create new ones.”

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  • 19/10/2015
    Irwin Mitchell's 'Trade Mark IPA' Makes Yorkshire Debut

    “Creating this beer has been a brilliant and really interesting journey - from deciding on which type of beer to make, which ingredients to use, how to brand it, and then of course helping with the brewing process. It was great to launch the beer in Leeds and we are delighted with the end result. It was also good to be able to share the new beer with clients and host the event in a pub belonging to Leeds brewery – another Irwin Mitchell client. “This is more than just a beer. It is the result of a client partnership with Intrepid which not only celebrates the anniversary of their beers appearing in pubs, but highlights the issues relating to trademark in the brewing industry. We want people to enjoy the beer, but we also want to raise awareness of how important it is for small companies in the sector to ensure they have considered all issue in relation to intellectual property.”

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  • 27/08/2015
    Grey Areas In 50 Shades Dispute

    "In the film Mr Grey attempts to persuade his love interest Miss Steele to sign a contract fraught with complications and this court case is a strange example of life imitating art. The phenomenal success of the 50 Shades of Grey series, and its divisive effect for the owners of the The Writers Coffee Shop, is a perfect example of why business partners should always ensure that their arrangements are governed by clear and non-ambiguous contracts which all parties understand, and why any change to those arrangements should be carefully scrutinised, particularly if the business has really started going places."

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